Written by Ronald Scaglia, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
It may only be January, but the upcoming November election already appears to be on the mind of Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. At a recent board meeting, the supervisor defended the decision to spend millions of dollars to upgrade town parks and facilities.
“Every level of government is suffering,” remarked Venditto about the fiscal woes faced by municipalities. “Having said that, in some municipalities the infrastructure has not been addressed. This [the renovations to town facilities] is going to protect our infrastructure and quality of life. Just remember that when fall comes around and people are shooting arrows at us.”
The town has been dealing with budget shortfalls, which Venditto has blamed on the recent recession. Standard and Poor’s has lowered its long-term bond rating for the town. Because of the town’s finances, challengers will likely raise the issue of spending the money to upgrade town parks during the next campaign.
The issue arose when a resident thanked board members for their decision to upgrade town facilities. The resident said that town parks give the town’s youth a nice place to play which she said is especially important because of the increase in bullying.
Also, a public hearing was held to consider the 2013 Fire Protection Agreement between the town and its fire districts. No residents spoke at the public hearing. However, both Venditto and Councilman Joe Pinto expressed their gratitude for the service of firefighters.
“For a large part, they’re the reason the Town of Oyster Bay is such as a safe place to live,” said Venditto. The supervisor also recalled his mother’s house being on fire, and while he grabbed the dog and his mother grabbed her checkbook, both ran away from the fire while firefighters ran towards it, without knowing what perils they might be rushing to.
“I have a heartfelt feeling to our fireman,” said Pinto. “After my son was born, there we three or four times that if they hadn’t responded, I don’t know what would have happened.”
Dr. Natalia Appenzeller, Clinical Director of the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, thanked the board for its assistance in conducting the 5th Annual Town of Oyster Bay Walk for Autism this past September. According to Appenzeller, this year’s event raised almost $7,000 for their efforts to meet the needs of children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities.
A Syosset resident spoke to the board and appealed for a long-term solution to the issue of noise coming from the town’s Department of Public Works facility located at 150 Miller Place in Syosset. Stephen Meyers, who says he represents about 600 homeowners in the area who are disturbed by the sound of constant beeps which come from construction trucks within the facility. The beeps are a warning signal that the truck is going in reverse.
Meyers is calling on the town to put up a highway wall to muffle some of the sound or hire a signal person so that trucks may have the reverse warning beep turned off.
John Venditto said he would look into the issue although a town official cautioned him that the town’s leverage in getting vendors who use the facility to cooperate is diminished because of the economy.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”